Mirror site (Samba on Power / i50s)

William Marshall bmarsh at us.ibm.com
Wed Jun 18 20:55:15 GMT 2008

Per wrote on 06/17/2008 08:19:00 AM:

>  I will speak to IBM support and ask them which flavour works well,
> but just to get samba tested continously on a power based system like
> this will be really cool.

IBM support probably won't tell you one distro over the other. SLES and RH 
work fine. 

We have SLES 9 on hosted partitions on OS/400 (i5os) systems, but I'm not 
an iSeries (power...) guy, other people in my area are System i specific. 
We have SLES 10 installed on "bare metal" PPC.

So depending on what access you have to the system, you can try and run 
Samba on a linux partition that is hosted from i5os. i.e. the disk and 
network are virtualized by i5os. Or, you can partition (LPAR) it at a 
lower level and dedicate hardware IO to the Linux partition. Then Linux 
can run even when the i5os is down.

Volker does ask an intersting question. i5os (os/400) has had posix for a 
long time. I doubt many people have tried to run Samba under i5os, since 
there is the netserver code that provides SMB shares to Windows clients. 

A quick google did find a discussion of running Samba under PASE 

PASE -> With IBM® i5/OS® Portable Application Solutions Environment (i5/OS 
PASE), you can port IBM AIX® applications to the IBM System i? platform 
with minimal effort. 


>  ----- Original Message -----
>  Subject: Re: Mirror site
>  From:  Volker Lendecke 
>  To: "Michael Adam" 
>  CC: "Per Qvindesland" ,"samba-technical at lists.samba.org" 
>  Date: 17-06-2008 5:40
>  On Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 01:35:27PM +0200, Michael Adam wrote:
>  > > not sure what distro to go for do, if you guys have
>  > > anything power based distros that you would like to test it with
> then
>  > > just let me know, I know that OpenSuSE, Debian, Gentoo, and
> Fedora
>  > > Core installs like a charmer on the latest power systems which
> the
>  > > i550 is so perhaps one of these.
>  > 
>  > I personally don't mind. I would say just take the distro you
>  > like most. Maybe others have some preference.
>  Initially I had thought we'd get some posix subsystem of
>  OS/400 (if that exists, no idea :-)...
>  Volker

Bill Marshall
Integrated Technology Delivery, Server Operations
Rochester PC Server Team
Building 020-2, Rochester, MN

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